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Monday, October 10, 2011

Born Without Arms, Man Plays Guitar With Feet And Inspires Students

Tony Melendez struck an inspiring chord with Florida students when the armless man shared his musical talent.

WATCH: Man Born Without Arms Plays Guitar With Feet

Tony Melendez

Melendez, who was born without arms and with a club foot, recently visited John Carroll High School and played the guitar with his feet, WPTV reports

"I turn pages in a book, I can string a guitar, I could tune it, what a hand could do, this foot could simulate," said Melendez, who ditched his artificial limbs at a young age.

Melendez, who lives in Branson, Mo., embraced his disabilities at a young age and learned to play the acoustic instrument with his feet. He shared a message of self acceptance and perseverance with the Florida teens.

John Carroll senior Ryan Caddell said he was inspired that Melendez could:
"Turn it into something positive like that. It sends a really good message out to everyone who is watching."

Melendez plays more than 150 concerts a year and has performed for Popes on five occasions, according to the news network.
Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_st_lucie_county/fort_pierce/toe-jam%3A-guitarist-plays-with-his-toes#ixzz1aOyx1f9G

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